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Kiambu UDA aspirants decry unfairness in party nominations ahead of 2022 polls

Saturday, November 20th, 2021 17:13 | By
United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party headquarters in Nairobi.PHOTO/Courtesy

Aspirants seeking the Parliamentary seat of Gatundu North constituency in Kiambu County have expressed fears of unfairness in the party primaries ahead of the August 2022 polls.

The aspirants who have shown interest in flying the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket maintained that as witnessed in the 2017 polls, most parties are likely to play underhand games with the party nomination exercise.

The aspirants lamented that most parties are likely to give the nomination certificates to persons not legitimately elected by members.

Led by Professor Ndung'u Ikenye, Nahashon Gatarwa and Mathew Mukuha, the Gatundu North parliamentary hopefuls maintained that all parties should uphold democracy and allow members to speak their voice.

They said that while they are prepared to battle it out on the ballot, most party nominations are usually marred with malpractices denying legitimate winners the chance to fly their desired party flags during elections.

"We have prepared our battalions and are ready to battle it out with our competitors but our fear is the usual corruption that distorts the will of members," Mukuha said.

"We have been promised fairness at the party primaries but that has never happened. Many are the times the ticket goes to the highest bidder. What our people need is a credible leader and not a representative of a party and this is what voters should embrace," Gatarwa added.

On his side, Ikenye noted that the electorate should consider voting credibility and not parties appointees for the betterment of their respective constituencies.

"Our people have become of age and am sure they will exercise their power of electing a leader of their choice without fear or being pushed by party dictates," said Ikenye.

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